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by Vanessa Cortez, staff writer  [December 26, 2001]





[]  The cast of NBC's Friends broke the scales at 4000+ lbs after the six stars went on a pineapple diet -- that backfired with disastrous results!

And now they're hooked on pineapples! -- producers fearful there's no end to the cast's balloonathon!

Those shocking Investigator findings are confirmed by the above candid and unretouched on-set photo from Funny Free Pics, the internationally renowned investigative photojournalist research center.

"Courteney Cox scarfs four or five pineapple pizzas before breakfast!" confided an on-set teamster to the Hollywood Investigator.  "We had to remove a wall from her trailer, and use an industrial winch to transport her to the set!"

"It wouldn't be so bad if they weren't such prima donnas," groused a prop master.  "Jennifer Aniston refuses to sit in Cox's winch.  Aniston's agent insisted Aniston get her own private winch, that cannot be used to move other cast members.

"Aniston even demanded we strap a freezer to the canvas belt, so she could snack during her transport from trailer to set."

Unlike Cox's pizza addiction, Aniston adores pineapple cream pie -- hence the need for a freezer.

"It's also an ego thing," added a production assistant.  "Cox and Aniston compete over who gets the most pies.  Cox will scarf a pizza, so Aniston gorges two pies.  So Cox raises her total to three.  So Aniston reaches for more pies..."

Amazingly, Lisa Kudrow is addicted to both pineapple pizza and pineapple cream pies -- and anything else with pineapples!

"Kudrow's ballooned to such huge proportions, she shoots all her scenes from behind furniture," said a well-placed NBC source.  "Not that it helps.  She can stand behind a sofa, with several hundred pounds still visible."

"I don't mind the women so much as the men," said a sound technician.  "David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc are forever washing down their pies with pineapple soda.  It's continuous -- and so is their belching!

"I now spend every weekend re-mixing their dialogue, trying to remove the belches.  But what else can I do?  Schwimmer and LeBlanc had their agents insist on writing pineapple soda into every script.

"God only knows where they found pineapple soda.  I think they have it flown in from Fiji."

The only cast member who's shown any shame over his weight gain is Matthew Perry.

Said an on-set photographer: "Perry will hide his pineapple pudding cups whenever he spots a camera, then finish eating when the camera's gone.  Still, you wouldn't want to know where Perry hides those pudding cups."  [see exclusive above photo]

The first post-weight gain Friends episodes are expected to air sometime in 2002.  Network and studio sources are hopeful audiences won't notice anything amiss.

Said one network executive: "Just because Americans watch TV, doesn't mean they pay attention."

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Vanessa Cortez is a Los Angeles based tabloid reporter who has investigated the occult underbelly of the entertainment industry. Read more about her journalism in Hollywood Witches.


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